Steve Rannazzisi Got Caught Lying About 9/11

I keep seeing headlines about comedian and The League star, Steve Rannazzisi “admitting he lied about 9/11” but there’s a big distinction between coming clean and having a New York Times reporter discovering your bullshit, then apologizing on Twitter. A distinction I’d really like to point out by saying: Fuck Steve Ranazzisi. He only came clean because he got caught. Via New York Times:

Confronted by The New York Times this week, though, with evidence that undermined his account, Mr. Rannazzisi, after a day of deliberation, acknowledged on Tuesday that his account was fiction. Actually, he had been working in Midtown that day, and not for Merrill Lynch, which has no record of his employment and had no offices in either tower.

And to put an even finer point on why this was such a fucked up thing to do:

When the comedian Steve Rannazzisi has explained his success, which includes seven seasons starring on a popular TV show, “The League,” and a one-hour special this Saturday on Comedy Central, he has frequently attributed it to decisions he made after narrowly escaping the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Over and over again, this dude told people that narrowly escaping the south tower was the motivating force behind him becoming a comedian and entertainer. Setting aside that at best this was a weird psychological justification for taking a big career risk and at worst a sick emotional ploy to get people rooting for his success, there’s no way he would have admitted this on his own. That said, I hope he isn’t fired from anything. I hope this is the turn of his Faustian bargain where the success he so desperately wanted forces him into interview after interview where he’ll constantly have to talk about his 9/11 lie. Enjoy it, fuckbag. You earned it.

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